Here you can refresh your knowledge or gain new knowledge for your astronomy hobby. Here you can find everything about the types of telescopes, and optical features and other features. Finally, we have a short practical checklist for you so that you do not get any surprises.
Here you will find everything you need to know about telescopes
You can divide most telescopes into three types: the refractor telescope, the reflector telescope and the catadioptric telescope. These three types of telescopes work completely differently. A refractor telescope works with lenses, just like a pair of binoculars. This type of telescope is therefore also known as the lens telescope. A reflector telescope works with mirrors and could also be named, you guess it already, a mirror telescope. A reflector is also sometimes referred to as a Newton telescope. A catadioptric telescope is a combination of a reflector and a refractor, it combines the best characteristics of these two types. These different models all have their own advantages and disadvantages and their own specialisation.
The performance of the telescope depends mostly on the optics. The optical features are the most important part of a telescope and make it possible to look as far into the universe as possible. But what influence does the diameter of the lens have on the magnification? And how do you know what is right for you? Here you can read all about the magnification, the focal length and the diameter of the lens.
Optical features may well be very important in a telescope, but you do not want to ignore the other features either. By reading more about the other characteristics of a telescope, you can further optimize the observable image and get the most beautiful images. Here you can read about the usefulness and differences in tripods, the purpose of colour filters and what an eyepiece can do for your sight.
The final checklist
Now that you more or less know everything about the telescope, we want to focus on something else. You may not use the telescope all year round. It might be a good idea to store your telescope. Do you have enough space for that? If you live in the city, you will want to use the telescope on location more often so that you have less light pollution, but does the telescope you prefer fit in your trunk? Combat those unpleasant surprises, go through the checklist!